Polls taken during the week of the Republican National Convention called for a higher priority given to resolving the Arab-Israeli dispute over Palestine if President Bush wins a second term. Most experts agree that resolving the problem would substantially help the U.S. and its allies in the war on terrorism and in creating a free Iraq. Hanan Ashrawi, noted Palestinian legislator, outlined new directions for the U.S. and how the upcoming Palestinian municipal and national elections may affect the political landscape of Israel and Palestine and the future of peace in the region. Ambassador Edward Peck, former U.S. chief of mission in Iraq, examined the links that connect Jerusalem and Baghdad and the overall U.S. policy toward the Middle East; he suggested a new role for the next president in regard to our Middle East policy.
Run time 143 minsProducer Eugene BirdProduction Company A L C H Y M E D I ASponsor Council for the National InterestAudio/Visual sound, colorContact Information Council for the National Interest / 1250 4th St SW, Ste WG-1 / Washington, DC 20024 / 202-863-2951 / email@example.com / <a href="www.cnionline.org">www.cnionline.org</a> / <a href="www.rescuemideastpolicy.com">www.rescuemideastpolicy.com</a>
The program is in RealVideo and is divided by speaker:
* Hanan Ashrawi (1 hr 10 min), Palestinian legislator
* Amb. Ed Peck (14 min), Foreign Services International and former Chief of Mission to Iraq
* Eugene Bird (12 min), President of CNI
* E. Faye Williams (7 min), former candidate for Congress from Louisiana
Recorded September 10, 2004, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.